8th Annual Women in Construction & Project Development Event


8th Annual Women in Construction & Project Development Event

DATE: 5/18/2023
TIME: 4:30-7:00pm
LOCATION: River Winds Farm and Estate
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Begun by Construction shareholder Asha Echeverria, this annual event creates a rare opportunity for women in the construction and project development industries in Maine to network and discuss current significant issues, challenges, and opportunities in their industry.  From infrastructure to the challenges of growing a woman workforce, to success in leadership, we cover topics that not only affect our industry but touch all of us in our daily lives.  To celebrate the importance of female mentorship, we’re excited to announce this year’s theme: Paying it Forward to the Next Women Leaders of the Industry.

Our panelists will once again share PechaKucha style presentations – a fast-paced, visual form of storytelling inspired by the idea to “talk less, show more” using images – followed by a panel discussion. 

Drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and time to network with friends and colleagues will be provided.  This event is open to all women in the construction and project development industry.  Please share with your network or send us the contact information of women you know who may be interested in the event and we will send them an invitation.

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Meet Our Panelists:

Danielle Betts – President, Knickerbocker Group

Danielle guides Knickerbocker Group’s strategic and operational practices, including architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design and how they interrelate to construction services and property management. She has worked in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry for over 25 years in both real estate and development, and as a licensed professional engineer and land use specialist. Danielle thrives on helping employees grow and seeks to recognize an individual’s unique skills and passions. She guides team members to be inspired and thoughtful leaders who visualize and initiate change, which contributes to their professional development and growth as well as to the company’s. She works one-on-one with Knickerbocker Group’s practice leaders and managers to help them lead their teams. Her mantra, “Train your own replacement,” encourages employees to think forward to the next chapter of their professional career in addition to providing mentorship. Danielle and her husband, artist Brad Betts, built their own home in East Boothbay where they raised their two boys. In 2017, the family launched Down East Gallery in Edgecomb, Maine, a creative space for art, music, and community events.

Christina Consigli – Senior Project Manager, Consigli Construction

Christina Consigli joined the team at Consigli Construction seven years ago; in her current role, she oversees all aspects of project cost management, schedule management, quality control, and subcontractor coordination. Her expertise in project team leadership has contributed to her success in leading high-profile construction projects for clients such as Bates College, Colby College, and Union Theological Seminary University. Christina is an active advocate and mentor inspiring women to pursue careers in the AEC industry through her Chair position on the Consigli Women’s Employee Resource Group as well as her Board Position with the Maine Chapter of The National Association of Women in Construction. When not at work, Christina enjoys powerlifting, hiking, and Maine craft beer. She lives in Portland with her partner Ben, daughter Phoebe, and two cats and two dogs.

Emily Mottram – Founder & Principal, Mottram Architecture

Emily is the owner and principal architect at Mottram Architecture in Cumberland Maine. She is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council (MIAQC), and the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), the state’s leading organization working to protect and preserve the environment.  An educator at heart, Emily teaches building science and sustainable design at a local community college and works closely with High School Trade Programs and local Community Action Agencies to provide mentorship and access to high-quality housing. She hosts the monthly podcast E3: Energy and Efficiency with Emily where she advocates for better building practices and inspires other women to join the STEM and construction industries. In addition to the podcast, she co-hosts the live-streamed BS* + Beer Show, a monthly building science show for professionals and “civilians” alike. She is the co-author of the recently released “Pretty Good House” book and when she is not working she enjoys hiking with her pup, kayaking and traveling all over the world with her husband.

Meet Our Moderator:

Suzanne Breselor Lowell – Shareholder, Bernstein Shur

Suzanne represents landlords, tenants, buyers and sellers in complex commercial and large residential real estate leases and sale transactions throughout New England and beyond. Her experience spans a wide variety of industries, including renewable energy development, public-private partnerships, and retail shopping centers. Building on her experience in corporate law and as a real estate broker, Suzanne is uniquely familiar with all facets of a real estate transaction – from initial site selection through title clearance, financing, and construction. Her goal with each client is the same: to help them meet their real estate and overarching business objectives.

Prior to joining Bernstein Shur, Suzanne practiced in the private equity group at an international law firm in Boston and as an in-house counsel with IDEXX Laboratories, and later established a successful business as a residential real estate broker. Suzanne’s attention to detail, years of negotiation practice, and dedication to client service make her a strong partner to each of her clients.

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Safety is our primary concern, so we will follow CDC guidelines and best practices for hosting an in-person gathering. 

If we need to cap attendance to promote social distancing, we will accommodate attendees according to order of registration. Currently, this event is scheduled to take place outside.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us HERE.